WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THE HIVE

  •  An innovative curriculum that focuses on imagination, project-based learning, collaboration and problem-solving, all in the outdoors. Our missions are bespoke, with over 40 different workshops to choose from.

  • Expert facilitators who undergo a selective recruitment process. Most of our facilitators have postgraduate qualifications in their chosen field, several years of professional experience and the know how to help children achieve.

  • An opportunity to learn with real tools and to solve real problems by learning through doing, making mistakes and learning from them. At The Hive, children are trusted and supported to use professional equipment, technology and tools.

  • Small groups with a lot of hands-on support. Children work in teams of 8 to 10 with an adult ratio of between 1:2 and 1:8 depending on the type of activity. This small setting allows children to thrive.

  • Inspiring outdoor spaces with acres of grounds, fields and woodlands. We have partnerships with leading independent schools, giving us comprehensive access to some of the most beautiful natural school settings in the country.


OUR CURRICULUM


 

SAFETY AND SAFEGUARDING 

Safeguarding
All our facilitators are DBS checked. Prior to employment, The Hive also asks for proof of all qualifications, as well as two professional references. All staff have to undertake our compulsory in-house safeguarding training.

Technology
To complete our missions, the children are given team iPods or iPads. All tablets are set up to comply with Ofsted school online safety requirements and children are only able to access pre-loaded apps, information and functions linked to the challenges. They're never asked to register, sign-in or share any personal data. More information is available on our Safety Policies page.

Risk assessments
All our equipment and activities are risk assessed, as are the grounds and buildings we use. We also carry out a dynamic risk assessment throughout each mission. Our risk assessment documentation is on site at all times and parents are welcome to look through at drop-off or pick-up. More information is also available on our Safety Policies page.

Ofsted
We are Ofsted registered (registration EY497153). As part of the registration process, we are inspected regularly by Ofsted. Our latest inspection took place in 2016, which we passed with flying colours.  

Insurance
We have a £5m Forest School Public Liability Insurance with Birnbeck Insurance, an insurance company specialising in Forest School.

Professional memberships

We are members and adhere to the Code of Conduct of:

THE INSTITUTE FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING

Committed to encouraging Outdoor Learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors. IOL aims to promote high professional standards and to develop its members. Find out more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/

THE FOREST SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and 'quality Forest School for all'. FSA provides information and support to individuals and organisations setting up and running Forest School settings. Find out more at: http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/


THE COUNCIL FOR LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

As the national voice for learning outside the classroom, CLOtC believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
Find out more at: http://www.lotc.org.uk/